11th Annual Night of 1000 Judys
The 11th annual Night Of A Thousand Judys – the all-star Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre – will take place at Joe’s Pub on Monday, June 12. Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal, Night Of A Thousand Judys will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer.
The event will feature performances by Tony Award winner Lauren Patten (Jagged Little Pill on Broadway), Julie Benko (Funny Girl on Broadway), Nellie McKay (celebrated singer/songwriter), Telly Leung (“Glee,” Aladdin on Broadway), Alexandra Silber (Grammy nominee, Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway), T. Oliver Reid (Hadestown on Broadway), Carole J. Bufford (BroadwayWorld’s “Vocalist of the Year”), jazz vocalist Hilary Kole (Carnegie Hall, Blue Note), Jack Bartholet (Bistro Award winner), Elizabeth Ward Land (Scandalous on Broadway), and rising star Jae W.B. (Lincoln Center’s Festival of Firsts).
The evening is written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, directed by Peter James Cook, choreographed by Jason Wise, and features Drew Wutke as the event’s music director. “Night Of A Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Dan Fortune serving as executive producer.
The Ali Forney Center is the only provider of specialized housing and support services to disconnected, high-risk LGBTQ+ homeless youth in New York City. Annually in New York City, there are more than 5,700 homeless youths according to the NYC Youth Count in 2021, and they provide services to a large number of them, over 2,200, at their 24/7 Drop-In Center and 17 emergency and transitional housing sites. To meet the increasing numbers of homeless LGBTQ+ youth seeking support, AFC has reimagined the “Drop-In Center” to coincide with its upcoming move in June 2023. This new centralized location in midtown Manhattan allows for space to accommodate their youths’ increasing needs.
Tickets are $75 (partial view), $100 (Regular), $150 (Premium) and $175 (VIP). The $150 Premium seats include preferred seating, and a ticket to Ali Forney Center’s Oasis Summer Party on July 19. The $175 VIP seats includes premium seating, a ticket to Ali Forney Center’s Oasis Summer Party on July 19, and an exclusive post-show reception.
Photo illustration: Anja Slibar